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    The Foster Festival thrilled to have a generous anonymous Angel who will donate $10,000 – if 100 comedy-lovers make matching donations
    of $100 each!

    Donors get a special date with Norm... plus a tax receipt!


  • Screwball Comedy, Norm Foster, Foster Festival

    WORLD PREMIERE • JUNE 21 - JULY 7, 2017

    Screwball Comedy

    Set in 1938, budding reporter Mary Hayes is trying to break into the male dominated newspaper world. Full of snappy period dialogue reminiscent of the best cinematic screwball comedies! 

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  • Old Love, Norm Foster Comedy, Foster Festival

    JULY 12 - 28, 2017

    Old Love

    Bud’s recently divorced. Molly’s newly-widowed. At her husband’s funeral, he appears to offer his condolences and more. Old Love is a story of courtship, rekindled romance and the indomitability of hope.

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  • Lunenburg, Norm Foster Festival Comedy, Niagara

    WORLD PREMIERE • AUGUST 2 - 18, 2017


    American widow Iris Oulette and her good friend Natalie arrive in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia to a house she’s inherited from her recently deceased husband. There they find a little love, a little mystery and a whole lot of laughs!

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Humour With Heart... in the heart of Niagara!

The Foster Festival is the very first theatre festival in Canada celebrating the work of a living Canadian playwright. Norm Foster comedies have been staged around the world for over two decades – we are honoured to be bringing them home to Canadian theatre lovers!

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The Foster Festival, located in St. Catharines, Ontario, presents comedy theatre inspired by the work of internationally renowned Canadian playwright Norm Foster.

At The Foster Festival, we showcase the heart and humour of Norm Foster's writing in a dedicated environment, employing the finest Canadian theatre practitioners and to bring you everyday stories that are very, very funny, but also deeply meaningful to and reflective of Canadians.

In addition to producing our summer show series, The Foster Festival team is also very active in our community with outreach programs for kids and adults. It's our belief that a little more laughter is good for everyone's health.


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Join The 100@$100 Club – Matching Gift Challenge

Jun 5th, 2017

The first 100 individuals to contribute $100 will become a part of our exclusive 100 Club.

Foster 45s (E26) - Sneak Peek of Foster's newest play Screwball Comedy

Jun 15th, 2017

Norm Foster's newest play, Screwball Comedy runs June 21 - July 7 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - see a sneak peek of behind the scenes of this hilarious new Foster play!

The Foster Festival announces Wise Guys Charity Fund as Lead Sponsor for the Festival’s Local Heroes initiative!

Jun 7th, 2017

The Foster Festival was joined by Wise Guys Charity Fund on June 6th to receive a major donation to launch the Festival’s newest charitable initiative, inspired by CompassionateSTC.

Discovering Humour with Heart in the heart of Niagara!

May 26th, 2017

Audiences raved about the quality of our productions and a new theatre was born! This year we’re bursting with pride again as our namesake resident playwright Norm Foster has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada – the highest civilian honour a Canadian can receive.

The Foster Festival On Target with Penny Wolfgang in Buffalo, NY

May 9th, 2017

Foster Festival Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone and Executive Director Emily Oriold were On Target with Penny Wolfgang this past weekend in Buffalo, NY to talk about The Foster Festival and all there is to discover in the heart of Niagara!

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Thank You To Our Generous Foster Festival Sponsors

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  • Howick Apartments | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • Government of Ontario, Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
  • Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Government Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
  • City of St Catharines, Government Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
  • Smithcom, Season Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
  • Burtnik Printing, Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
  • FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre